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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #60 on: April 03, 2013, 11:53:03 PM »
Judge to decide on media coverage
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
 By Christina Salvo and Miriam Hernandez


LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As jury selection begins in Katherine Jackson's $40 billion case against entertainment giant AEG in Michael Jackson's death, a hearing was held to determine whether a camera would be allowed in court.

The trial will undoubtedly attract a ton of attention, but the question is how much media coverage the judge will allow in the courtroom.

The plaintiffs in this case - Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson's three children - want a camera in court. They argued that they want the public to see the evidence for themselves.

"All we ask is that the truth be seen by everyone once and for all," said attorney Brian Panish, who represents Katherine Jackson and the children.

But AEG is against a camera in court. AEG attorney Marvin Putnam said cameras in the courtroom could interfere with due process and intimidate witnesses. The defense argued that allowing print journalists was enough.

It's unclear when the judge will rule on the camera issue.

Attorneys also brought up the possibility of having a gag order for the wrongful death trial.

The case pits Katherine Jackson and the star's three children against AEG, which was promoting the concert the pop star was working on before his death in 2009.

The lawsuit seeks $40 billion in damages, claiming AEG negligently hired and supervised cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of administering the fatal dose of the anesthetic drug propofol.

AEG denies that they hired Murray and says they were not negligent.

"We know AEG is going to try to point the finger at Dr. Murray and say, 'Not our problem, we didn't cause this,'" said legal analyst Ricardo Echeverria. "But from reading the allegations, the plaintiffs have presented a case ... that AEG was pretty active, pretty hands on, and they stood to benefit to making sure Michael Jackson went to his rehearsals at all costs."

Court filings show AEG is blaming Jackson for his own poor health. The Jackson plaintiffs accuse AEG of pushing Jackson too hard in their drive for profits.

Jury selection began just after 11 a.m., with the first panel of 35 people filling out questionnaires that includes their knowledge on drug dependency. After lunch, a second panel of 35 people also filled out the questionnaire, and then they will return for questioning on April 10.

The judge estimated that the trial would take 60 to 90 days.

In the first group of 35 potential jurors to be called in, all but 10 were excused.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/entertainment&id=9050006

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #61 on: April 03, 2013, 11:54:56 PM »
CONRAD MURRAY SINGS LIKE A (DYING) CANARY Over MJ's Death
4/2/2013 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Conrad Murray has broken his silence about NOT testifying in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial ... and he did it by SINGING on live TV.

Murray -- who is serving a 4-year sentence for killing MJ -- called into "Anderson Cooper 360" moments ago from jail. At first he sang the same old tune ... insisting he was innocent and in the process of appealing the case.

But then he did something really, really weird -- belting out his version of "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" (better sung by Nat King Cole)!

Murray seemed to be explaining how much he and MJ had in common ... and why he's chosen to plead the 5th​ in Katherine Jackson's $40 billion suit against AEG -- but you gotta watch it, because his singing is super awkward ... and awful.

http://www.tmz.com/2013/04/02/conrad-murray-michael-jackson-anderson-cooper-aeg-lawsuit/

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #62 on: April 04, 2013, 12:00:46 AM »
LIVE TWEETS FROM JURY SELECTION FROM @ABC7Courts

Day 2 of jury selection in Jackson vs AEG trial underway right now.

Judge Yvette Palazuelos is on the bench already. They will finish questioning of potential jurors from Panel B yesterday.

First potential jurors panel for today, 35 in total, are in the hallway waiting to be called by the judge.

Panel C now in the courtroom. Judge is reading the statement of the case and admonishing them not to talk to anyone about the case.

So far, only 16 out of 70 potential jurors filled out the questionnaire. Everyone else has been excused for hardship.

Judge has ordered two more panels of 35 jurors for tomorrow and Friday. Total number of jurors to be screened by Friday: 280.

Judge wants a panel of 80 potential jurors 2 be back for the next phase of jury selection. They will pick 12 jurors and 5 alternates 4 trial

Fyi, judge has yet to rule on the camera request. As soon as she does, we'll bring you the decision. Do you think trial should be televised?

After hardship questioningin Panel C, 6 jurors were ordered to fill out the questionnaire, 4 were excused. Six to be questioned after lunch.

Judge Palazuelos recessed court for lunch break. We'll be back in session at1:30 pm.

Panel D, with another 35 potential jurors, getting into the courtroom right now to hear statement of the case and fill out hardship question

First part of jury selection inching along. There are discussions they may have to bring more panels in both Monday and Tuesday.

Here's the tally this far: 105 potential jurors have been screened, 27 were ordered to fill out the questionnaire. 78 jurors were excused.

Only ABC7, some Michael Jackson fans and law students/paralegals present in the courtroom during this jury selection process. No one else.

We are now on Panel E, with 45 potential jurors. They filled out the form about hardship and were ordered to come back tomorrow morning.


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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Pre Trial & Jury Selection
« Reply #63 on: April 04, 2013, 07:38:59 PM »
LIVE TWEETS FROM JURY SELECTION  DAY 3 FROM @ABC7Courts

Day 3 of jury selection in Jackson vs AEG Civil trial to begin shortly. 45 people, in Panel E, are to be questioned for financial hardship.

Day 3 of jury selection: 45 people from Panel E came to court to be questioned on financial hardship in case they had to serve for 90 days.

2 people said they're available and were given a questionnaire to fill out. Another 8 jurors were ordered to complete the questionnaire too.

37 jurors from Panel E were dismissed for hardship. The tally so far: out of 185 jurors, 36 filled out the questionnaire, 149 were excused.

Panel F with additional 35 people will be in court this afternoon for hardship questioning. Judge wants pool of 80 jurors for the next phase

Since this is a slow process, parties expect to continue with other panels tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, if necessary.

Between now and next Wed, attorneys for both sides will read the questionnaires so they are ready to inquire about their biases/prejudices.

Waiting for afternoon session to begin. Because the courtroom is so small, judge allowing media/fans to seat in the jury box for now.

Panel F, w/ 35 prospective jurors, filled out hardship form. Attorneys are now reading them and will decide which ones should be questioned.

Session is concluded for the day. Another seven potential jurors from Panel F were ordered to fill out the questionnaire and return on Wed.

So far, here's the tally: 43 prospect jurors filled out the questionnaire, 177 were excused due to hardship, 220 total jurors were screened.

Another panel with 35 potential jurors are ordered for tomorrow morning. Judge Palazuelos wants a pool of 80 for the next phase. We're at 43

The next phase of jury selection is called "voir dire", where attorneys will question each juror based on their answers to the questionnaire

Attorneys/judge looking for 12 jurors and 5 alternates that will be fair and impartial to the parties. They must apply the law to the facts.

Judge admonished each juror not to read or watch news on TV/radio/Internet about this case. They must decide on evidence presented in court.

Media members and fans are ordered not to approach or talk to the jurors. They are completely off limits until the end of the trial.

On a side note: Judge Palazuelos has not yet ruled on our request for TV camera. As soon as she issues her order, we'll let you know.

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Pre Trial & Jury Selection
« Reply #64 on: April 06, 2013, 08:05:39 PM »
LIVE TWEETS FROM JURY SELECTION  DAY 4 FROM @ABC7Courts

Day 4 of jury selection in the Jackson family trial against AEG to get underway shortly. A panel of 35 jurors will be asked about hardship.

Panel already in the hallway waiting to be called. Judge Palazuelos about to take the bench.

Panel G turned out to be very productive. 10 potential jurors said they don't have any financial hardship serving for 90 days.

2 other potential jurors were also ordered to fill out the questionnaire. Out  of the 35 people in Panel G, 12 are qualified for next phase.

Total potential jurors tally: 55 filled out questionnaires, 200 have been excused for hardship, 255 total jurors screened.

Judge and attorneys are looking for 80 to 100 jurors for the next phase. Total number has increased a bit, to be on the safer side.

Jurors filling out questionnaire today are being ordered to return on Monday, April 15 for the next phase of jury selection.

Another panel with 35 potential jurors are ordered for this afternoon at 1:45 pm. We'll end the week with 290 jurors screened.

Attorneys back in the courtroom for the afternoon session. Potential jurors in Panel H outside in the hallway waiting to be called in.

Panel H now filling out the hardship form. This is thief opportunity to tell the judge why they can't serve for 90 days.

When judge announced the trial estimate is 90 days, a jurors asked, shocked: '9-0'?? Over the past 4 days, jurors have had different reax

Some potential jurors smiled when they heard what the case was about, some expressed surprise or shock due to its length. Most had no reax.

4 jurors in Panel H told the court they had no hardship by servicing 90 days in this case and 1 more was also ordered to fill questionnaire.

Final tally for week: 60 potential jurors filled out the questionnaire, 230 were excused due to hardship, 290 total jurors screened.

Next week, there will be two panels of 35 people each Monday thru Friday. That means another 350 jurors to be screened, should they need.

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Yvette Palazuelos DENIED our request for cameras in the courtroom. Trial will NOT be televised.

Ruling came in very late in the day today. Judge served the parties with the order. We also obtained a copy of the ruling.

Judge Palazuelos says she recognizes that federal and state law provides for the right of access to trial proceedings.

However, judge says while media has the right to attend open proceedings, they do not have a constitutional right to photograph them.

Judge has denied live tweeting from the courtroom. But we'll take detailed notes and will tweet everything during the breaks.


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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Pre Trial & Jury Selection
« Reply #65 on: April 06, 2013, 08:08:28 PM »
Jury pool grows to 60 people
Posted: Apr 06, 2013 12:00 AM GDT
Updated: Apr 06, 2013 12:00 AM GDT

 
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A court has ended the first week of jury selection in a civil case over Michael Jackson's death with 60 potential jurors selected.

Jury selection will resume Monday and is expected to stretch into the following week in an effort to find enough people to hear a case filed by Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG Live.

Katherine Jackson claims the company failed to properly investigate and supervise the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson's June 2009 death.

Potential jurors have filled out a 24-page questionnaire that assesses their knowledge of the case, Jackson's family and their views on celebrities and multimillion dollar verdicts.

In-person questioning of potential jurors will begin on Wednesday.

AEG has denied wrongdoing.

http://www.wistv.com/story/21894714/michael-jackson-civil-jury-pool-grows-to-60-people

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Pre Trial & Jury Selection
« Reply #66 on: April 06, 2013, 08:12:06 PM »
Judge: No cameras in Michael Jackson death trial
By Alan Duke, CNN
April 6, 2013 -- Updated 0140 GMT (0940 HKT)


Los Angeles (CNN) -- The wrongful death trial of concert promoter AEG Live filed by Michael Jackson's mother and three children will not be televised, a judge decided Friday.

CNN had requested its camera be allowed in the courtroom during the trial, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued a ruling Friday denying the request.

California law leaves the decision to the trial judge's discretion based on 19 factors to be considered. Palazuelos did not say in her ruling what factors swayed her decision.

AEG Live's lawyer argued televising the trial could create a frenzy among Jackson fans at the courthouse that could pose a threat to witnesses.

Jackson lawyers argued in favor of having a camera in court, saying it would be the best way for the world to see justice done.

Without cameras, only a handful of journalists will have seats in the small courtroom in downtown Los Angeles.

The Jacksons' lawsuit accuses AEG Live of liability in Jackson's death through the negligent hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

AEG Live contends Murray was never its employee, but was chosen and hired by Jackson.

If AEG Live is found liable by a jury, it could mean a multibillion dollar judgment for the Jacksons, based on the potential earnings of Michael Jackson had he lived past his 50th birthday.

Opening statements and the first witness could be heard in about two weeks in the trial that is expected to last for two to three months.

The pool of potential jurors reached 60 Friday afternoon after four days of eliminating jurors for hardship reasons. The process will continue Monday and Tuesday or until about 100 potential jurors are identified. On Wednesday, the lawyers will start the voir dire process of eliminating jurors based on cause or their jury strikes allowed under court rules.

Until then, the lawyers are studying their answers to a long questionnaire the potential jurors completed. The process is expected to continue for another week, perhaps ending around April 16 or 17.

It is unclear how soon after a jury is seated that the judge will have lawyers deliver opening statements and call the first witness. Some judges allow the jury a day or so to take care of personal business after being selected.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/05/showbiz/jackson-death-trial-camera/?hpt=en_c2


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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Pre Trial & Jury Selection
« Reply #67 on: April 06, 2013, 08:13:59 PM »
No live coverage of Michael Jackson-AEG trial, judge rules
By Jeff Gottlieb
April 5, 2013, 5:43 p.m.


A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that there will be no live television coverage of the wrongful death suit that Michael Jackson’s mother and children filed against Anschutz Entertainment Group, the entertainment giant that was promoting Jackson’s ill-fated comeback tour.

CNN and NBCUniversal Television Group had filed a motion asking that they be allowed to televise the trial, which is being held in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

In her ruling, Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos wrote that while the media has the right to cover public court hearings, it is up to the judge to decide whether to allow TV coverage.

Brian Panish, the attorney for Katherine Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II, declined comment.

But Panish had supported television coverage in an April 2 court filing in which he criticized AEG’s attorney for “making numerous unrelated and disparaging remarks about Michael Jackson” in a CNN interview.

AEG’s attorney, Marvin Putnam, could not be reached for comment.

Jury selection in the case began Tuesday, with potential jurors being asked if they could take off the four months the trial is expected to last. Questioning of potential jurors who pass that first test is scheduled to start April 15.

The suit alleges that AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who -- in an attempt to help the singer sleep -- gave him a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.  They suit says that AEG pushed Jackson to prepare for a tour that he was not physically capable of handling.

AEG says it was Jackson’s decision to hire Murray, and that the company had recommended a British physician.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-jackson-aeg-20130405,0,7072157.story